Saturday, October 31, 2015

Catching Air

Our first "catching air" shot of this young 2015/2016 season!
When the sun is at the right angle, Max & Zorro produce some beautiful "catching air" shots
as they fly along the trails!

This morning was our first outing to Rabbit Ears Pass this season. How was it? Well, look at the prior photo and the next two...
Out-stretched sprinters laying fresh tracks as we fly along the trail.
Kicking up powder as we continue to be the first tracks on the trail this morning! Wheeee!

After those first 3 photos, you are probably thinking, "Wow, what great conditions!" Well, now for the truth. Those 3 photos are from the upper shelf of our outing and, as you can see, the conditions were perfect up high. Yet, we had to get there before perfection. The mid shelf was dominated by "puddle obstacles" and you do not want to see shallow snow with occasional dirt & rocks on the lower shelf. But, it is still October, so we are perfectly willing to be creative lower to get to excellent conditions higher.
Yikes - look at that puddle taking over the entire trail as we hop to the side to get by.

At our quick break/turnaround point of the outing and...
"Ahhh, rolling snow angels to cool off!" demonstrates Max.
"Sniff, sniff, I sense moose!" exclaims intense Zorro. His 'moose radar' was certainly ON as
he was scanning this marshy meadow for the definite scent of moose.

Great conditions up high with creativity down low on Rabbit Ears lead to a 7.8 mile outing with 900 feet of elevation climbed and a top speed of 16 MPH.

2015/2016 Season to Date: 6 days on the trails covering 47.8 miles with 5100 feet of elevation climbed.

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